Wood: I played longer than I was meant to in friendly
TWO frustrating months on the sidelines came to end for Sam Wood on Tuesday as he played for longer than he was supposed to in a friendly.
Wood played for nearly an hour of Blues' 2-0 reserve team win over Watford in midweek as he stepped up his comeback from sprained knee ligaments.
But he admitted: "I was only meant to play 45 minutes. I twisted Gaz's arm to play longer, then the physio came out and had a word with him and he had to pull me off.
"It was really good to get the boots on and get out there with a kit on."
Wood picked up the injury during Blues' first home match of the season against Gillingham and was ruled out of action for ten weeks.
But he didn't realise at the time how serious it was and tried to play on - and that's what caused the worst of the damage.
He said: "I was running through and as I've gone to cut back my knee's just gone underneath me. I felt something click. I wasn't in much pain, it just felt a bit weak.
"There were only five minutes left of the half. There was no pain so I thought there was nothing wrong with it. I said I'll play it out and go in at half time. I went back on, tried to run around on it but it felt really loose and weak and the damage had been done.
"I thought it was just a click but I did the medial ligament."
It was a major blow for the new signing, who scored on his league debut for Blues and was keen to make a big impression.
Wood said: "I was at a new club and started so well on the Saturday with the three points and the goal - it was a big setback for me. I'd worked hard in pre-season to try and impress and I wanted to show the Wycombe fans what I can do."
He's declared himself available for selection, but Gareth Ainsworth says he needs more time to recover and won't be considering him until the end of next week.
The Blues caretaker boss said: "I have a theory it takes four or five games to get back to where you were after an injury.
"He'll be frustrated and eager to get back in but I want him to be as sharp as he was before. Everyone's got to be at a top, top level to play in this team."